Kenya brings in world’s toughest plastic bag ban: four years jail or $40,000 fine

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Producing, selling and using plastic bags becomes illegal as officials say they want to target both manufacturers and vendors first

Kenyans raising, selling or even use plastic bags will gamble a term of imprisonment of up to four years or a penalty of $40,000( PS31, 000) from Monday, as the world’s toughest ordinance aimed at reducing plastic pollution is entered into effect.

The east African society assembles more than 40 other countries that have banned, partly censored or levied single give plastic bags, including China, France, Rwanda, and Italy.

Many baggages impetu into the ocean, suffocating turtles, suffocating seabirds and replenishing the stomachs of dolphins and whales with litter until they expire of starvation.

” If we continue like this, by 2050, we will have more plastic into the sea than fish ,” said Habib El-Habr, the panel of experts on naval offspring working with the UN environment programme in Kenya.

Plastic crates, which El-Habr says take between 500 to 1,000 years to break, too participate the human food chain through fish and other swine. In Nairobi’s slaughterhouses, some cows destined for human consumption had 20 pouches removed from their stomachs.

” This is something we didn’t get 10 years ago but now it’s almost on a daily basis ,” said county veterinarian Mbuthi Kinyanjui as he watched boys in bloodied grey uniforms scoop sodden plastic bags from the stomaches of moo-cow corpses.

Kenya’s law permits police to go after anyone even carrying a plastic bag. But Judy Wakhungu, Kenya’s environment minister, said enforcement would initially be directed at manufacturers and suppliers.

It took Kenya three struggles over 10 times to ultimately elapse the ban, and not everyone is a supporter.

Samuel Matonda, spokesman for the Kenya Association of Make, said it would expense 60,000 employment creation and coerce 176 manufacturers to close. Kenya is a main exporters of plastic bags to the region.

” The knock-on effects will be very severe ,” Matonda said.” It will even change the women who exchange veggies in the market- how will their patrons carry their browse home ?”

Big Kenyan supermarket chains like France’s Carrefour and Nakumatt have already started offering purchasers cloth suitcases as alternatives.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ environ/ 2017/ aug/ 28/ kenya-brings-in-worlds-toughest-plastic-bag-ban-four-years-jail-or-4 0000 -fine

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